Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil (born 1948) is an American inventor and futurist. He is involved in fields as diverse as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism.
He has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written six books, four of which have been national best sellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best selling book on Amazon in science. Ray’s latest book, The Singularity is Near, was a New York Times best seller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.
Being funny, being sexy or expressing a loving sentiment - that's the cutting edge of human intelligence.
I'm not actually predicting that until 2029 that we will match human intelligence, but computers will nonetheless do things that humans can't do.
We won't be able to solve the major problems that we have without more intelligence.
I think you have a very different perspective on the future when you consider the exponential growth of information technology.
My prediction is, in a few decades, we will come to accept entities that are not biological as conscious.
There's a million apps out there, and if you look through all of them they're doing remarkable things.
Intelligence actually involves things like being funny, being sexy or expressing a loving sentiment, maybe in a poem or in a musical piece.
All too often we get plans which have this common assumption that the future’s going to be just like today.
We live in one unified world.
Ray Kurzweil is the author of the recent book How to Create a Mind. The first question we have for him is "why create a mind?"